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Asphalt 5

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Fast-paced racer encourages reckless driving.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is easy to pick up and play, using the iPhone's accelerometer to drive your car. It is, though, fairly easy to overcompensate while steering. 

Violence

While racing is the game's primary objective, you also earn points for forcing other drivers to wreck - and can get into some serious collisions yourself. 

Sex

Winning races unlocks "girls" - who appear in videos and slideshows in tight attire with plenty of cleavage. 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game has prominent links on several screens to a list of other Gameloft apps.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Asphalt 5 is an arcade racing game where players are encouraged to drive at ridiculously high speeds and knock competitors off the road. Also, near-miss collisions with oncoming traffic are rewarded with achievements. The game offers plenty of different gameplay choices, ranging from street races to "Cop Chase," where you try to avoid the police. An iPad version -- Asphalt 5 HD -- offers the same game, only customized for the iPad's screen. If kids opt to play multiplayer, they may enter an unmoderated chat room with strangers. They can also upload their photo to their Gameloft profile. Common Sense Media does not recommend moderation-free chatting for pre-teens and suggest that parents use the parental controls built into the idevice.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The racing elements of Asphalt 5 are hard to argue. The game is a proud arcade racer that lets players flaunt pretty much every traffic law on the books and never have to worry about getting a ticket. There are plenty of cars to choose from, a good selection of hidden paths to shave seconds off of your race time (and get ahead of competitors), teeth-jarring collisions, and it all comes in a great looking game. It tries too hard sometimes, though. The ability to unlock "girls" in career mode is borderline offensive. They might offer racing bonuses, but they're mainly there for their bustlines and tight clothes. And steering can be an initially frustrating affair, whose learning curve could turn off some players. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$0.99
Release date:July 28, 2010
Category:Racing Games
Publisher:Gameloft
Version:1.2.6
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written byF-Zero studios August 30, 2010

off- under 3 iffy- 3-9 on- 10 and older

What other families should know
Educational value
Parent of a 12 year old Written byMontysMom January 20, 2011
My son loves it. Seems mostly harmless, he doesn't play the cop chase portion of this game, nor can he upload his photo or join others in play. Not educational at all, just pure fun with amazing graphics...
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Too much violence

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